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  • 28th December 2010

    Court rules that religious charities are free to ban gay couples from adopting in Australia 30

    Religious charities can ban gay couples from adopting in New South Wales

    12:02 AM — Religious charities have been cleared to ban gay couples from adopting children in New South Wales, Australia after a landmark court ruling.

  • 27th December 2010

    Gay miner sues pit for discrimination after colleagues label him a pedophile 10

    The mine is owned by the Massy Energy Company

    10:02 PM — Sam Hall, an openly gay coal miner in West Virginia, United States is suing his employer and alleging that co-workers in a number of mines have harassed him as a result of his sexuality.

  • 26th December 2010

    Jerusalem Pride bomber sentenced to six months community service 13

    The court sentenced the bomber to six months community service

    1:51 PM — A district court in Jerusalem has sentenced a 35-year-old Michael Naky to six months community service for setting off a makeshift bomb to disrupt a gay pride march in the city in 2007. The judge gave the sentence after a plea bargain between the defence and the prosecution.

  • Government to begin process to erase convictions for historic gay sex offences 23

    David Cameron promised the policy in an article for PinkNews.co.uk

    2:08 AM — The government is to set to begin the process to introduce legislation to wipe convictions for historical gay sex offences within days. The policy was first announced during the general election campaign by prime minister David Cameron in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Spy killed in apparent sex game was not gay claims friend 1

    Police released this CCTV image taken of Gareth Williams shortly before his death

    1:52 AM — A friend of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, found dead after what police believe was a bondage sex game has said that the 31-year-old was not gay and was in fact studying for a new identity. Williams, whose naked body was found padlocked inside a sports bag in August was a GCHQ code-breaker who was on secondment to MI6 at the time of his death.

  • 24th December 2010

    First Irish civil partnerships to take place in April 13

    Irish gay couples will soon be able to have civil partnerships

    12:01 PM — Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has signed a commencement order to bring civil partnerships into law. The ceremonies become legal on January 1st but as couples have to give three months' notice, the first civil partnerships will not take place until April 1st.

  • Government ministers ‘discussing’ gay marriage equality 27

    Gay couples cannot currently marry in the UK

    10:51 AM — Coalition ministers are said to be considering legal reforms to allow gay couples to marry. According to the Daily Telegraph, a government source said that potential reforms to open up both marriage and civil partnerships to all couples were “being discussed”.

  • 23rd December 2010

    Texas softball coaches sued for ‘outing lesbian student to her parents’ 13

    The student said she had been interrogated in a locked changing room

    3:45 PM — Two softball coaches in Texas are being sued for allegedly outing a lesbian student to her parents. The 18-year-old, named as SW in court filings, says the coaches at Kilgore Independent School District interrogated her aggressively and violated her privacy.

  • Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert calls for progress on gay marriage 28

    Steve Gilbert said he hoped legislation could be introduced by 2015

    3:12 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Steve Gilbert has called for progress on UK marriage equality, saying he hopes legislation can be introduced by 2015. The openly gay MP said in the House of Commons this week that while parliament obtaining a civil partnership licence was "groundbreaking", allowing gay couples to wed would be more so.

  • Man sought over gay robberies

    Stephen Murphy is said to target gay men

    2:30 PM — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing gay men after persuading them to let him stay in their homes. Stephen Murphy, thought to be 29 and from Manchester, is said to befriend gay men on dating websites before stealing their possessions.

  • ‘Limbs in the Loch’ killer loses appeal bid 5

    William Beggs was told he could not appeal

    12:14 PM — Akiller who raped and murdered a teenage boy in 1999 has been refused leave to appeal against his conviction at the Supreme Court. William Beggs, 47, was told by the London court yesterday that he could not appeal.

  • Lesbian UKIP MEP wins homophobia claim 11

    Nikki Sinclaire won her discrimination case

    10:27 AM — A lesbian MEP has won her discrimination case against UKIP. Nikki Sinclaire, who represents the West Midlands, claimed that she had been discriminated against on the basis of her sexual orientation.

  • 22nd December 2010

    Obama signs bill to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 10

    The ban may not be lifted for several months

    2:58 PM — President Obama has signed a bill to end the ban on openly gay troops in the US military. Two years after he promised to end the controversial policy in his election campaign, the president signed the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.

  • Parents of gay suicide student will sue university 15

    Tyler Clementi's parents are to sue over his death

    2:52 PM — The parents of a New Jersey student who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly broadcast his gay sex session are to sue his university. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, killed himself by jumping from the George Washington Bridge in September.

  • Federal inquiry into US gay teenager’s suicide 9

    Seth Walsh died in October

    1:05 PM — Federal education officials are investigating the suicide of a 13-year-old California boy who killed himself after suffering homophobic bullying. Seth Walsh died nine days after hanging himself in his garden on September 28th.

  • Mystery remains over spy’s death 9

    Mr Williams worked for MI6

    12:33 PM — Police are still mystified over the death of British spy Gareth Williams, whose body was found padlocked inside a sports bag in August. Mr Williams, 31, was a GCHQ code-breaker who was on secondment to MI6 at the time of his death.

  • Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6

    President Obama will sign a repeal bill today

    11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.

  • 21st December 2010

    UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26

    The UN General Assembly voted 93 in favour of the United States' proposal to restore the reference to sexual orientation, 55 countries voted against and 27 abstained

    11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • Five years of civil partnerships 39

    40,000 gay couples have had civil partnerships

    4:16 PM — Today is the fifth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. The ceremonies, which give gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage, came into effect at 8am on December 21st 2005. Three gay couples in Brighton were the first to take advantage of the new legislation.

  • London men cleared of stab attack on ‘gay victim’ 6

    The four were acquitted at the Old Bailey yesterday

    2:09 PM — Two men and two teenage boys have been cleared of stabbing a man they allegedly thought was gay. The group was accused of attacking Ricky Brown, of Homerton, east London, because they believed he had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs.

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